Friday, May 4, 2007

The first rule of Kite Club...

The first rule of Kite Club is...you tell everyone you know about Kite Club. Jeremy's roomate Lawrence became the newest member of the Brooklyn Flyers when he launched the Robot War Gayla yesterday. Congratulations to all of us.

Yesterday, Jeremy took a day off from teaching kids about science and we spent 7 and a half hours in Prospect Park, teaching ourselves a few things about a few things other than science. For instance, nerf footballs totally fly.
We also began honing our kite-fighting skills. Jeremy definitely dominated in this arena, and my brand new Gayla Trendsetter left the park with more than one strip of packing tape holding it together. Karl and Kyle came by after their respective days of work and we had a serious kite-fight followed by some serious knots. We decided to (literally) cut our losses.

Ye Olde Carriage Inn was crowded, and the MegaTouch was occupied, so we moved on to Karl's and drank our Guinness while we watched the History of Baseball. It went a little something like this:

5 comments:

Marli said...

Interesting to know.

schuylersDad said...

Hey-
Me and my 7 year old son want to learn to fly a kite!
I never have and he would really like it. Are you meeting soon or would someone care to meet up with us for a lesson ? We live in Fort Greene, have wheels.
Can anyone advise me which kite would be easy for beginners like us ?
James

Jeff P said...

I actually moved out to Portland, OR, and I don't know if anyone still meets up regularly, but you can still fly kites, it's awesome.
I would highly recommend the Gayla brand kites you can find at a lot of stores. Check discount stores, or variety store type places. Winn Discount in Cobble Hill, and Save on Fifth in Park Slope I know both carry them, but they aren't super close to you. They cost about $3 and practically fly themselves. If one person holds the spool, the other person can walk the kite out about 10 yards or so, hold the kite pointing up, wait for a little gust and toss it up. Pulling on the line generally makes the kite go up, and letting it slack drops it a little and turns it. I think you'll get the hang of it. There is a lot of info on the web too, you might want to look up what kind of knot to use to tie the line to the kite. I usually use a bowline.

Good luck with it. There really is something amazing about flying a kite. And feel free to contact me with any more questions!

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